All iPads Apple: Give us the mouse !

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Elyquin, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2010
    I upgraded from iPad 1 to iPad 4 last week. Why doesn't Apple allow us to have a bluetooth mouse? Using the bluetooth keyboard and my finger is ok, but it is not that much different from having a mouse. I would just have less smug marks on the screen and better control of highlighting things. I don't like a stylus, and a mouse is better ergonomically than raising your arm to use my finger as a pseudo-mouse.

    Technology is progressing. Let the Tablets take over laptops if the consumer doesn't need a laptop. I don't use the keyboard most of the time, but I carry it with the iPad most of the time. I just need the mouse for times when I want to use the keyboard.

    I am not buying an Apple laptop just for the mouse so please Apple give us the mouse.
  2. macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2002
  3. bpbatch, Dec 5, 2012
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    Dec 24, 2010
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  4. macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2010
    I would agree that a mouse is helpful when using it with the bluetooth keyboard.

    There is one option which will require you to jailbreak your ipad and it will allow you to install a bluetooth mouse program that will give you partial functionality of the mouse.
  5. macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
  6. macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2012
    I agree with the OP. A bluetooth mouse option would be great. I wouldn't use it that often, but it could be really helpful on occasion.

    <waiting for the lame "just use a laptop" comments as if that wasn't considered>
  7. macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
    How about a nice command line interface? Maybe a 3.5" floppy disk drive too. Yeah, thats exactly what the iPad needs.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
    Wow at some of the reactions here. OP wants to be able to use a mouse, even justified yourself and you still call him crazy.
  9. macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2012
    Yes please

    I've got a keyboard case for my iPad 3 and all I need now is a trackpad/mouse driver. When I'm not using my iPad as and iPad, I use it to remote control desktops and servers, and while I realize that there is no "cursor" on the normal iPad, it is required for Remote Desktop. The ability to have a blue-tooth mouse driver in these situations would make the iPad perfect.

    Vendors don't include trackpads/track sticks on their keyboard cases because there is no native bluetooth driver.

    I guess I could always spend another $1000 (over the cost of an ipad) and get a 13" retina laptop but that doesn't agree with my wallet.
  10. macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    Yeah, I'm sure Apple, the company who has done everything to get RID of the mouse (touch screen in lieu of stylus, and touchpad in lieu of mouse) is going to release a MOUSE to interface with their tablet, ahahahahahaha

    I'm still crossing my fingers the next iPad has Blu-Ray. *rolling eyes*
  11. macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2011
    The whole premise of the IOS operating system is touch...a mouse wouldn't even make any sense!...close you eyes and think about it for a second, it wouldn't work!...
  12. Guest

    Jul 29, 2007
    Forget the mouse.

    I want eye tracking and mind control.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2012
    A sensor on the iPad that can recognize and calculate eye movement and translate that as instruction sets back to the iPad would be pretty neat if it can become reality. It would not be a stylus killer but would complement it nicely.

    That, and co-habilitation of devices that work in synch with each other, such as your iphone sending email/text/phone notifications to your "smartwatch", or your smartphone recognized you're in your vehicle and send data to your navigation system and bluetooth audio. Streamlined transparent transition between devices and the environment you're in.
  14. macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2012
    I sold my MBA because I like the battery life of the iPad so much, but creating content is still a cluster**** in motion, using the limited screen keyboard. At least some arrow keys.... Please?

    Give us an iPad Pro! With 'Finder' for all file management, mouse control, maybe even a 15" retina display, a USB port, and stereo speakers opposite each other in landscape mode. Then we'll have a true cordless desktop/laptop replacement worth it's salt.

    Pretty please, with sprinkles on top?
  15. macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
    To those who think the OP is crazy, riddle me this: why do bluetooth keyboards for the iPad exist?
    Because typing on the iPad is a pain for anything other than a couple of sentences, compounded by the lack of cursor keys on the built-in virtual keyboard.
    A mouse would be useful when typing longer documents. It is just another one of those things that will, for the foreseeble future, prevent the iPad from being close to a laptop substitute - which never was Apple's intent of course.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2010
    I wouldn't mind a mouse option. I occasionally remote desktop to my work and it would make it so much easier. While I realize what the iPad is made for, having the option is always nice.
  17. macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2010
    It would be interesting to see how this would work with my lazy eye. The cursor would be all over the screen. O think I would throw my iPad across the room after about 30 seconds.
  18. macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2010
    You want a mouse? We can't even use the Return key on a keyboard to send an iMessage.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    OP ignore the ignorant remarks. There is no good reason why a mouse shouldn't be optional for an app developer to integrate. They have been allowed to write APIs for pressure sensitivity, so why not mouse function thats sandboxed as well; i.e. only works within apps that incorporate it. It would make office applications much easier to work with.

    I have used a Magic Mouse with an ipad while jailbroken. It only makes sense in but a very few instances, but in those times it's a major improvement over touch (Pages).
  20. macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2012
    I agree if there are key boards then mouses should make an appearances. Personally, if I want to use either then I should just be using my MacBook Pro. Mouses just generally defeat the purpose of touch screen but I do agree if they make keyboards why not a mouse.
  21. macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2012
    You should sell your iPad and buy yourself a laptop. Problem solved.
  22. macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2011
    if you still have iOS 5.1.1 you can jailbreak it and install BTC Mouse and Trackpad. it allows you to pair a BT keyboard and a BT mouse at the same time. it's the ultimate laptop replacement setup

    1) Jailbreak iPad
    2) Install BTC Mouse and Trackpad
    3) Buy Logitech Ultrathin BT Keyboard Cover or Kensington KeyFolio 2 (i prefer the latter)
    4) Buy BT Mouse (both Microsoft and Logitech make decent ones)
    Welcome to the world of a true post-PC device

    let's face it, the only reason why apple doesn't allow cursor input for the iPad is because of how badly it would cannibalize the 13" Macbooks
  23. macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    The reason Apple doesn't support mice on iPads is because that's a whole other level of interaction that would need to be added to iOS. It would please a fraction of a percent of users.

    So it's just not smart on Apple's part. The times I need a mouse on my iPad are almost zero. When I have used it as a word processor, I could perhaps use a mouse. But I also know plenty of keyboard shortcuts that allow me to jump around, leaving just button-mashing as a need.

    I'd rather iOS 7 support multiple accounts than a mouse. Hell, I'm still waiting for native Blu-ray support on Mac OS. I think we'll both be waiting for a looooooong time.
  24. macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    A mouse doesn't make any sense on an iPad

    A trackpad would make more sense, but even then there are problems with it.

    Apple market the iPad as the future, remember the first iPad apps, people carrying the iPad everywhere, using it on a train, holding it on a motorbike, walking around your apartment.

    An advert showing somebody sat at a desk with a mouse and keyboard ruins the entire image.

    I understand the OP wants the mouse capability only for occasional use, but by allowing it Apple would be confusing their message.

    Example, I know some people on here would LOVE a file system, people even jailbreak to get one. Now it could be argued that Apple give us a file system so the power users can use it. And the Nan's and Grandad's don't even need to know it's there.

    But it would be there, and when they find it, the illusion of a simple touchscreen computer will dissapear for them, and it would just become another PC.

    Apple needs to carry on showing restraint, because as tempting as it is to be everything to everyone, it really dilutes the message and impact.

    Look at the Surface... it's not selling well because normal people don't know what it is.
  25. Guest

    Jul 29, 2007
    I want a stylus like the s-pen on my Note 2.

    I want to draw and take notes with a stylus.

    You can use the stylus just like a mouse.

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